Salary: $103,776.00 – $133,044.00 Annually
Location: Thurston County – Tumwater, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid
Department: Dept. of Transportation
Job Number: 23DOT-HQ-0W562
Closing: 4/3/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure people and goods move safely and efficiently throughout the state. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT operates the largest ferry system in the nation, manages the world’s longest floating bridge, and recently completed the world’s widest tunneling project.
The Opportunity
The WSDOT Construction Division, State Geotechnical Office in Tumwater is currently seeking an experienced geotechnical engineer or engineering geologist to fill a managerial vacancy. As the Geotechnical Design and Project Development Manager, you serve as an assistant to the State Geotechnical Engineer and provide strategic and tactical management of the Geotechnical Design and Project Development Section. In this role, you will manage the execution of comprehensive geotechnical engineering studies conducted by consultants in support of WSDOT’s project definition, PS&E development, construction, and maintenance activities. This position will manage the long-range planning function for the State Geotechnical Office regarding workforce needs, equipment needs, implementation of new technology, and services to be provided by the Section. This position also will ensure the geotechnical engineering services provided by the Section to the various Agency offices are provided efficiently and consistently and meet or exceed acceptable standards of quality. Our top candidate must possess the knowledge and skills to be able to assess the level of effort and design requirements quickly and accurately for geotechnical projects and be able to interact with a wide variety of audiences to include WSDOT’s consultants and the State Geotechnical Office customers.
What to Expect
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Geotechnical Design and Project Development Manager will:

  • Manage the Geotechnical Design, Project Development and Technical Services Section. 
  • Function as the main State Geotechnical Office contact for WSDOT offices statewide for new or existing projects requiring geotechnical support. 
  • Strategically plan the budget, schedule, and workforce needed to deliver the geotechnical program statewide.
  • Assist the State Geotechnical Engineer to distribute incoming work and ensure the adequacy of resources needed to get work accomplished.
  • Coordinate between the State Geotechnical Office managers and the Construction Division Business Office to develop the cost allocation (i.e., DPS) plan for the State Geotechnical Office.
  • Manage the project tracking function for the Office as projects progress regarding time, budget, and achievement of project milestones. 
  • Manage consultant agreements for the Office including establishing scope of work, negotiations, expenditure monitoring and performance tracking. 
  • Assist with technical policy development and represent the State Geotechnical Engineer on policy developing committees when delegated.
  • Ensure that design schedules are met and that designs meet applicable standards and are constructible. 

To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:

  • A bachelor’s degree (BS) in Civil Engineering, Geological Engineering, Geology, or closely allied field.
  • Six (6) total years working in the geotechnical industry; of which three (3) years must be as a Licensed Professional Engineer specializing in geotechnical engineering or as a Licensed Engineering Geologist. 
  • A Washington State Professional Engineer (Civil) OR a Washington State Licensed Engineering Geologist, or the ability to become a Licensed within 12 months of appointment. 
  • Knowledge of principles of management and supervision. 
  • Knowledge of managing project delivery, especially as required for delivery of all aspects of geotechnical project work.
  • The ability to do field reconnaissance and get around a construction site, which may include traversing various forms of terrain in variable and sometimes serious weather conditions. 
  • The ability to travel throughout the state as required.
  • A valid driver’s license.

It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:

  • A master’s degree in Geotechnical Engineering, Civil Engineering with a geotechnical emphasis, Geological Engineering, Geology, or allied field, and at least 20 quarter or 15 semester college level credit hours in soil mechanics, foundation engineering, geotechnical engineering, or geology.
  • Familiarity with and experience regarding national geotechnical design codes.

 *To review the full Position Description, please contact the recruiter listed in the Contact Us section of this posting.

 Important Notes 

  • This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.
  • In addition to base salary, employees may be entitled to other forms of compensation depending on the type, duties, or location of the position. For union-represented positions, more information on other forms of compensation can be found in the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements. Information on other compensation types for non-represented positions can be found in Chapter 357-28 of the Washington Administrative Code.
  • This position offers flexible/hybrid remote work options.
  • Statewide travel is an expectation of this position. 
  • The recruiting efforts for this position may be extended beyond the displayed closing date for as long and until a sufficient candidate pool has been established. However, the first review of applications will be conducted April 11, 2023. The Appointing Authority reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time thereafter. It is to your benefit to submit your application as soon as possible.
  • Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 357-16-197 mandates that all employees who work for executive cabinet agencies (which includes the Department of Transportation) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Compliance with this mandate is a condition of employment with WSDOT. Exemption may be granted for religious or medical purposes; however, accommodations will be subject to approval based on the essential functions required of the position.  
  • WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit


  • Work-Life Balance – We are committed to ensure that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individuals’ lifestyle. As such, there are a number of flexible schedule options available, including occasional telework for eligible positions.  
  • Paid Leave – In addition to 12 paid holidays, full-time employees may earn up to 25 paid vacation days per year!
  • Tuition Assistance – Permanent employees have several options for assistance with education expenses, including tuition reimbursement programs, government discounts at participating colleges throughout the state, and eligibility for federal student loan forgiveness.  
  • Plan For Your Future – WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options. Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information.

How to Apply
Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Your relevant experience may be evaluated to determine salary. Therefore, it is very important that the “Work Experience” portion of the application be completed in as much detail as possible.
In order to be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application: 

  • An attached Resume outlining (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
  • An attached Cover Letter that further explains your qualifications and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
  • Contact details for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. NOTE: This information may be entered in the “References” section of the online application; does not require an additional attachment. 

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*WSDOT is an equal opportunity employer. We value the importance of creating an environment in which all employees can feel respected, included and empowered to bring unique ideas to the agency. Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, as well as people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the listed Recruiter.

Contact us
For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Robyn Lovely at Please be sure to reference 23DOT-HQ-0W562 in the subject line. 

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